Child rights groups have asked the country's human rights regulator to probe the case of more than 100 children who are reportedly missing from a few villages in Delhi since past three years.
Non-Government Organisations (NGO) Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) and Nav Shristi wrote to the Chairperson of NHRC M. Rajendra Babu, attracting his attention towards the fast missing children of Nangloi, Sangam Vihar and Holambi Kalan, among others.
“We have written seeking an urgent probe into the matter. It is a strange case and the police are unwilling to register cases,” said Rakesh Senger, national secretary, BBA. “There are not more than four-five registered cases, rest have been buried in diary entries,” he added.
Police officers who did not want to be quoted refused to comment off hand, saying the facts are being verified.
The families of the lost children said they faced difficulty in getting cases registered where girls were involved. The police said the girls must have eloped.
Activists said while the police were not taking any interest in the complaints, it was difficult for them to trace missing individuals, as most of them come from poor migrant families who come to the city for work on contractual basis.
Dinanath Chauhan, an activist who works with Nav Shristi, said, “In August 2007, we received a complaint from a parent whose daughter Rajni was lured into a job and taken to Ajmer. Later they realised she was pushed into flesh trade and sent to Dubai. She returned to Delhi and registered a case against the person who took her.”
Over the last few months, more than 11 children –– mostly girls –– have gone missing from the Sangam Vihar area alone. Although there is no official record, an estimated 31 children have also gone missing from Nangloi, said Chauhan.
While several families who have lost their children have moved out of these temporary settlements, some who continue to stay are of the opinion that this kind of sudden disappearance of children suggests a deeper racket.
“There is a definite danger of a Nithari like incident. The government should take necessary action. It would be irresponsible to look at probabilities because there have been incidences from states like West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh where women have been illegally sent to foreign shores for flesh trade,” said Kailash Satyarthi chairperson, BBA.